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Manufacturing Production edges down in February.

March 19, 2010

According to Federal Reserve report, manufacturing production edged down 0.2% in February, following strong increase in January. Two-thirds of manufacturing production gains in February was in durable goods, which are more export-intensive than nondurable goods sectors. At same time, production declines in manufacturing industries tied more to the domestic economy, such as nonmetallic minerals, furniture, and chemicals, signals that the current recovery remains fragile. Read More

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Glass Cockpits have not led to safety improvements.

March 19, 2010

NTSB adopted study concluding that single engine airplanes equipped with digital primary flight displays, often referred to as glass cockpits, had no better overall safety record than airplanes with conventional instrumentation. Safety Board determined that because glass cockpits are both complex and vary from aircraft to aircraft, pilots are not always provided with all the information they need. Based on study, NTSB made 6 safety recommendations to the FAA. Read More

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Layered Graphene Sheets could solve hydrogen storage issues.

March 18, 2010

According to research at NIST and University of Pennsylvania, graphene - carbon formed into sheets a single atom thick - appears to be promising base material for capturing hydrogen. Graphene does not store hydrogen well in its original form, but if oxidized graphene sheets are stacked atop one another, connected by molecules that link layers to one another and maintain space between them, graphene-oxide framework can accumulate hydrogen and potentially store hydrogen for fuel cells. Read More

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NIST helps develop testing infrastructure for health IT systems.

March 18, 2010

As mandated by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, NIST and Department of Health and Human Services are working with health IT system vendors, standards organizations, certification bodies, and system implementers to develop suite of software tools to support health IT testing infrastructure. Tools are intended to help vendors test health IT products and ensure basic functionality, such as the calculation of body mass index or proper formatting of common electronic health records in XML. Read More

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Workshop at NIST to focus on preserving digital data.

March 18, 2010

From March 29-31, experts will gather at "U.S. Workshop on Roadmap for Digital Preservation Interoperability Framework" to develop a standards roadmap on preserving vast amount of digital data over long term. According to study by International Data Corp, by 2011 there will be 1,610 exabytes of digital information. Digital preservation standard will enable users and systems to access digital content even when preserved on varied equipment by different digital preservation repositories. Read More

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ACE10 Operators' Day to be held June 22.

March 18, 2010

On Operators' Day, water operators will have access to technical sessions and exhibit hall at cost of $125 for AWWA members or $155 for non-members. This includes opportunity to earn continuing education units upon completion of designated technical sessions and exhibit hall sessions. ACE10 will also offer events that will enable attendees to explore future of safe water, gain insight into cutting-edge research and best practices, and experience latest products and services available. Read More

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Manufacturers encouraged by FCC's National Broadband Plan.

March 18, 2010

According to NAM President John Engler, NAM is pleased to see FCC put forth its broadband plan that aims to increase broadband accessibility and speed to wide population including manufacturers and consumers in rural areas. Manufacturers' access to high-speed voice, video, and data provides limitless opportunities for advancing innovation and job creation. Manufacturers recognize critical need to promote policies that support world-class telecommunications system. Read More

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IPC developing best industry practices for IP protection.

March 18, 2010

IPC Intellectual Property Committee will release its first draft of standard for protection of IP designed into PCBs at open meeting, April 6, at IPC EXPO®. Titled "Best Industry Practices for Intellectual Property Protection," draft addresses issues such as physical and information security, employee data access, computer networks, and destruction of scrap metal. Industry members from electronics manufacturing are invited to attend meeting to review draft standard and provide input. Read More

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BIO's 2010 Convention to feature speaker David Kappos.

March 18, 2010

Intellectual Property Super Session, to take place May 3 at 2010 BIO International Convention, will include David Kappos, Director of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as speaker. Event will be entitled Leveraging IP to Spur Global Biotechnology Innovation, Investment, and Jobs. Kappos' comments will provide insight into global IP issues, future of patent reform, and effect of patent policy on scientific discovery, said Jim Greenwood. Read More

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Exhibitor Education Meeting reveals trade show strategies.

March 18, 2010

Exhibitor Education Meeting, to be held May 18-19 in Las Vegas, will help companies prepare for successful trade show experience. Open to all exhibitors in shows with AEM as producer or show partner, program is themed "Tools for Value-Driven Success" and features general sessions, roundtable discussions, and breakout sessions. Trade show industry experts will specifically cover best practices in pre-show planning, onsite techniques, and post-show follow-up strategies. Read More

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Owens Corning President to deliver keynote at SPE conference.

March 18, 2010

Scheduled for April 6-7, 2010, SPE Thermoset Topical Conference will include keynote address by Chuck Dana, Group President of Owens Corning Composite Solutions. Titled "Emerging Markets and Composites: Opportunities for Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics in BRIC Countries," keynote will offer insights based on company's worldwide operations in Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Read More

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ANSI invites comments on U.S.-China conformity assessment.

March 18, 2010

ANSI has teamed with U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC) in support of U.S. Department of Commerce project on conformity assessment issues in China. Project aims to include roundtable discussions with U.S. and Chinese industry, government, and conformity assessment practitioners to address concerns by U.S. companies. Kick-off meeting for project was held March 9, 2010 and questions or suggestions can be submitted by Friday, March 26 to Elise Owen of ANSI or Ryan Ong of USCBC. Read More

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Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show to launch in May.

March 18, 2010

Scheduled for May 17-19, 2010, MMTS is the major forum for manufacturing professionals from Quebec and surrounding areas to source machinery, equipment, supplies, and services. Event will showcase machine tools, fabricating equipment, automation, tooling, design engineering, and plant maintenance. MMTS is produced in partnership with Canadian Machine Tool Distributors Assoc., Canadian Tooling and Machining Assoc., Canadian Wind Energy Assoc., and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. Read More

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ANSI Paper Competition celebrates World Accreditation Day 2010.

March 18, 2010

Interested stakeholders are invited to participate in ANSI's 2010 paper competition by submitting one paper of no more than 2,000 words that highlights value of accreditation in facilitating acceptance of products, services, and professional credentials across borders. Authors are encouraged to cite concrete examples that demonstrate how globally accepted conformity assessment solutions have enabled trade and opened new markets. Submissions are due on April 30, 2010. Read More

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ANSI to hold couse on national standards development.

March 18, 2010

Scheduled for March 31, 2010, The American Way: The American National Standard (ANS) Development Process will provide attendees with greater understanding of practical application of the development process and procedures and benefits of accreditation by the Institute. Discussions will center on accreditation, standards approval, and audit requirements, all stages in ANS development process, and thorough review of ANSI Essential Requirements. Read More

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BSA 2010 Convention breaks registration records.

March 18, 2010

Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has pre-registered more attendees than in previous years for its 2010 Annual Convention, taking place May 1-4 at Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, FL, and anticipates more to come. This event will feature industry leaders participating in panels to examine past challenges, current business trends, as well as prospects for future. Other events include industry updates, presentations, and Conference Table sessions. Read More

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ELFA Commends Senate on international financing provision.

March 18, 2010

Senate action extending international tax provision for active financial services income for one year, until December 31 of 2010, was applauded by ELFA as helping maintain level playing field with foreign competitors. Ralph Petta, Interim President of ELFA, said "The active financing rule addresses concerns about US competitiveness and fairness by applying to our financial services companies the same general US rule that defers current US tax on other active trade or business income." Read More

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Forecast links aviation activity and national economic growth.

March 18, 2010

FAA is forecasting that key airspace safety and efficiency modernization efforts will play vital role in spurring long-term sustained growth in air travel and overall economic health. According to 20-year forecast, passenger enplanements will increase by 0.5% in 2010 and then grow 2.5%/year. FAA also predicts U.S. airlines will reach 1 billion passengers/year by 2023. Forecast underscores need for NextGen Air Transportation System and continued investment in airport infrastructure projects. Read More

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Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Leaders brief Senate on clean vehicle technology issues.

March 18, 2010

Hydrogen and fuel cell industry experts joined Senator Daniel Akaka to brief Senate staff on balance needed between industry and government commitments. Until there are enough fuel cell vehicles to support stations that service them, said stations need continued government investment. But funding hydrogen and fuel cell development/deployment should not occur at expense of other technologies, because balance of advanced transportation alternatives is required to compete with incumbent fuels. Read More

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NAM commends Senate on passage of tax extenders in Jobs Bill.

March 18, 2010

Following passage of American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010 by Senate, NAM President John Engler said that its tax and pension relief provisions are vital to job creation. He states that "by providing additional time for companies to make required pension payments, the retirement security provisions will put cash back in the hand of employers, allowing them to grow and create jobs." He also "encourage[s Congress to make the R&D credit stronger and permanent." Read More